War Story - Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup) The $1 million Charles Town Classic (G2) at Charles Town will be contested for the 11th time Saturday, and the previous ten renewals have produced some clear-cut clues to help us identify the most likely winner. Favorites have not been very successful in the Charles Town Classic, probably because the 1 1/8-mile race features three turns over a six-furlong bullring racetrack, which tends to produce a wild race from [...]
Serengeti Empress winning the Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) at Churchill Downs - Coady Photography Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks contenders will shine at Fair Grounds on February 16, a busy day of racing that includes four graded stakes races at the New Orleans racetrack. The highlight of the day is unquestionably the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. II), which offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualification points to the winner as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship [...]
City of Light (outside) battles to victory over Accelerate in the Oaklawn Handicap - Coady Photography Accelerate or City of Light—who’ve you got? It seems that the majority of handicappers will be picking one of those two runners to win the $9 million Pegasus World Cup (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park, and it’s easy to understand why. They both won Breeders’ Cup races in November and will be tough to beat if they run to form at Gulfstream. [...]
Thoroughbred racing fans are accustomed to seeing horses compete at Charles Town under the lights every Saturday night, but this Saturday the Jefferson County, West Virginia oval will host a 13-race card that gets under way at 12:45 and will culminate with the Grade II, $1.25 million Charles Town Classic, a nine-furlong event for older horses. In previous years the Charles Town Classic had several marquee names in the entry box, including Shared Belief, Moreno, Game On Dude and Commentator. [...]
Jason recaps the news of the day and is joined by new VIP Manager at BetAmerica Michelle Yu to play Kentucky Derby Contender or Pretender. Then Erich Zimny, VP of Racing Operations at Charles Town joins the show to talk about the Charles Town Classic.